There are many ferries from Split to Hvar island. Hvar is the most visited destination among all Central Dalmatia islands. Hvar has always been the best and most frequently connected island with the mainland.
Whether you are traveling by car or on foot, Hvar island has very frequent connections to almost all island destinations. Only two towns on the island have only car ferries connections:
See also: How to get to Hvar island. This article mentions ferries but also other ways to get to Hvar.
International Ferries To Stari Grad (Hvar)
It’s important to point out that Hvar island’s Stari Grad town is the only location connected with international car ferries from Italy. Stari Grad has a seasonal car ferry from Ancona and Pescara that first arrives at Stari Grad port and afterwards proceeds to Split.
Taking a ferry from Italy to Split is your best option if you are traveling from Italian Adriatic coast. The major departure ports from Italy to the opposite shore of the Adriatic are Ancona and Pescara.
From Italy you can also travel by ferry to other Croatian destinations such as Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik.
Car Ferries From Split To Hvar (Stari Grad)
Car ferry line 635, from/to Stari Grad (Hvar) to Split runs in low season (September 28th until May 28th) three times a day.
Ferries on N°635 line to Stari Grad runs very often in high season between May 30th to September 28th. You have seven departures daily, the earliest at 01:30 AM (only from June 29th to September 1st). The crossing time is 120 minutes.
The next one is at 05:00 AM (keep in mind, on this one, cargo vehicles have priority).
Prices for vehicle ferries from Split to Hvar
Note: please double-check Jadrolinija’s website for current prices!
Coastal line from Rijeka to Dubrovnik is not operating since 2015! Stari Grad port has become the most important island harbor for all ferries from Split and for coastal line ferries on Rijeka – Split- Stari Grad (island Hvar) – Korcula – Sobra (island Mljet) – Dubrovnik line.
Ferries From Drvenik to Sucuraj (Hvar Island)
This is the only car ferry connection to Hvar island for car travelers coming from Dubrovnik.
Sometimes it can be an alternative solution for travelers in case they miss the connection from Split, as line Split to Stari Grad ferries can sometimes be overloaded, particularly in high season (from July 15th to August 15th).
Mid August is a period of ferragosto in Italy when Italians invade Split and Dalmatian islands. Read more about Drvenik – Sucuraj car ferry!
Passenger Ferries From Split To Hvar
I’m calling them passengers ferries as they aren’t for any kind of vehicle transportation, but only for foot travelers. In Croatia they are commonly called catamarans or high speed ships.
To help you figure out where catamarans leave from Split to Hvar I highly recommend you check my Split harbor map to easily find your fast ship as car ferries run from different harbor terminal.
Good news from Jadrolinija: Jadrolinija’s ferries are without a doubt the cheapest and most effective way to travel the Adriatic, and from this year you can book tickets online (but only for foot passenger catamaran lines, and not for Split to Hvar car ferries).
There are several catamarans connecting Split with Hvar island destinations:
Split to Hvar catamaran timetable (summer schedule)
- Line 9603a – Split – Milna (Brac island) – Hvar town
- Line 9604 – Split – Hvar town (proceed to Korcula and Lastovo islands.
- Line 9608 – Split – Hvar (proceeding to Korcula island)
Split to Jelsa town (summer schedule)
- Line 9603 – Split to Bol (Brac) proceeding to Jelsa (Hvar island)
Passenger high-speed ferry service from Split airport & town
Another company called Adriatic Fast Ferries operating on SplitExpress.com entered the market recently. They offer a high-speed ferry service between Split airport or Split town to Bol (Brac island) and Stari Grad.
This service is only available in summer: June 1st until September 15th. If you’re arriving to Split by air then this service can easily take you to aforementioned nearby destinations. Their ferry port is located only 500 meters from Split airport.
Ferry timetable for low season
Split to Stari Grad (Hvar Island) is one of the most popular ferry connections. This connection is reduced from seven to three ferry trips daily.
If you are arriving from Dubrovnik by car and planning to reach Hvar island from Drvenik to Sucuraj (Hvar island), number of ferry lines will be reduced from eleven summer lines to six daily crossings.
Some early morning ferry lines (at 05:00 and 05:30 AM) will be substituted with 06:30 departure from Sucuraj to mainland (Drvenik) and with ferry that leaves at 08:00 from Drvenik to Sucuraj.
Split to Hvar Catamaran low season timetable
Low-season covers period from January to May and September to December. Check low-season catamaran prices (high-speed shipping lines)!
- 9603 Split – Bol (Brac) – Jelsa (Hvar)
- 9604 Split – Hvar – Vela Luka (Korcula) – Ubli (Lastovo)
- 9608 Split – Hvar – Korcula
Make sure you don’t miss out How to get to Hvar article for even more ways to travel to this beautiful island. And of course, make sure you check all the prices and timetables on Jadrolinija or other relevant websites to double-check.